A DAY after wife of a slain Trinamool Congress (TMC) activist was set on fire, and she later succumbed to burn injuries at th hospital in Malda district of West Bengal, two local Congress party activists were arrested on charges of the murder.
The victim, Tapasi Halder, 44, lived in Jamaitola village of Malda.
Tapasi’s family has named one Sunil Halder, said to be a local Congress leader, and 16 others in the complaint lodged at Baishnabnagar Police Station. “We have arrested Sunil Halder and his brother Maitrajit based on the complaint,” an officer said.
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The police said Tapasi’s husband, Swapan Halder, was killed on December 20, 2013 — allegedly by a group of local Congress leaders. A week later, Swapan’s brother Sanatan was also killed.
Tapasi’s daughter Munmun alleged that her mother was killed because she had refused to withdraw the 2013 murder case. Tuesday, she said, was the last day of hearing in that case. That morning, her mother was “burnt alive” in her room. “Before she died in hospital, she told me Sunil Halder had poured kerosene on her and set her on fire,” Munmun said.
Congress’s district president Narendranath Tiwari denied his workers were involved.